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A Covid-19 Update from The 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast

April 3rd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

At this time, a statewide Stay at Home order, issued by Governor Ralph Northam, is in effect. It will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order.

The road to Chincoteague Island is blocked with only residents allowed in.

Consequently, The 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is closed until June 11th. We will keep this post up to date as things change.

We urge everyone to take care of themselves and focus on hope and togetherness rather than fear and division. We are all in this together and that’s the best way we’ll get through it.

Be safe and we’ll see all of you soon!

From everyone at The 1848 Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast

Take In Stunning Views from Atop Historic Assateague Lighthouse

March 9th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Lighthouse sunsetAssateague Lighthouse opens its doors to weekend visitors beginning in April. If you’ve never experienced the view from the top of the tower, you’re missing out!

The first Assateague Light was built on the Virginia side of Assateague Island in 1832. The original structure proved too short, however. The red and white brick tower seen today replaced in in 1867.

The tower is 142 feet tall, the base over 27 feet in diameter, with 175 steps to the top. The tower’s twin rotating lights are 154 feet above sea level and can be seen 19 miles out to sea.

The initial beacon was just a candle. An oil lamp that needed refueling every hour replaced it. Can you imagine lugging two, five-gallon cans of oil up 175 stairs every hour? Now there’s a workout. Phew!

The beacon was eventually upgraded to a modern electronics but the light’s old, first-order Fresnel lens can still be seen at the Museum of Chincoteague.

The historic Assateague Light is one of less than 20 lighthouses of its kind still in use on the Eastern Seaboard. Best of all, it is open to the public on weekends for much of the year!

Visiting Assateague Lighthouse

Assateague Lighthouse stairs

Down the spiraling stairs
of the Assateague Light tower.

The Assateague Lighthouse season runs from April to November. Hours are 9am to 3pm, with a half hour closing break for lunch between 12pm and 12:30pm.

Getting to the lighthouse, which is located in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, is a simple affair. It is only a quarter of a mile (402 meters) from Chincoteague and you can easily drive, bike, or even walk there from anywhere on the island. A popular and well maintained trail leads directly to it.

Tours of the light include information about the light’s history, and what it was like to live here as a lightkeeper. You’ll also see the keeper’s house and the old oil house.

Best of all, you can climb to the top of the tower. Here, sweeping views of Chincoteague, Assateague, Wallops, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and more await. Simply stunning – don’t forget your camera!

It’s quite the climb, however. 175 steep stairs and not for everyone. If you do climb, be sure to wear appropriate shoes and hold onto the handrail.

Learn more at www.assateagueisland.com.

Chincoteague Lodging

Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is a historic Chincoteague inn offering individually decorated guest rooms and luxurious amenities. Our convenient location puts the best of both islands at your fingertips. Let us help to arrange your visit with our concierge services. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!
Assateague Lighthouse

The Captain Timothy Hill House – Oldest House on Chincoteague

February 14th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

The Captain Timothy Hill HouseThe Captain Timothy Hill House, the oldest house on Chincoteague Island, is full of history. If it weren’t for the care of some sharp-eyed residents, however, it may have simply become history!

There’s a lot of history to be found on Chincoteague Island. 1650 saw the island’s first land grant, with Europeans settling here in the late 1700’s. By 1838, 26 homes dotted the island. Most were simple, rustic log plank homes, not designed to survive the passage of centuries. Yet one did.

Of those original 26 homes built on Chincoteague, only Captain Timothy Hill’s house remains. The house features a now rare example of early long plank construction and was the site of Chincoteague’s first recorded murder. Yet, by the 1980’s, it was abandoned, forgotten, and almost torn down.

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A Valentine’s Day Chincoteague Island Getaway

January 17th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island getawayChincoteague is a well known romantic destination. Our beaches, quiet community, wild ponies, excellent dining, and more make a Chincoteague Island getaway the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life.

Chincoteague Island’s romance is innate and ubiquitous. It’s in our scenery, our history, and our quiet and friendly culture. Our Virginia coast barrier island is within reasonable driving distance from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Norfolk, Virginia.

Come walk hand in hand on our pristine beaches and historic village’s streets. Just one of our stunning, Virginia Coast sunsets will make you feel like you are falling in love all over again.

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Hit the Surf for Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020

December 8th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020What better way to welcome the New Year than with an eye-opening plunge into the chilly Atlantic during Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2020? This year’s event is scheduled for 1:20pm (but of course) on January 1st, 2020.

Okay, okay: so maybe the picture to the right is a touch misleading. It is rather rare for the Atlantic to freeze, here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. That doesn’t mean you won’t feel a thrill (along with a chill) if you participate, however. This is the Atlantic in January we’re talking about, after all.

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Self-Guided Chincoteague Tours – Get To Know The Island

November 18th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Self Guided Chincoteague ToursEveryone knows about the wild ponies and Misty but Chincoteague has so much more to offer. Get to know the island better than ever with self-guided Chincoteague tours.

Are you familiar with the Gingo-Teague tribe? Did you read about the Civil War Battle of Cockle Creek in school? Can you locate Snotty Ridge on a map? These and other pressing questions can be easily answered after a walking or biking tour of Chincoteague. Our little island has stories to tell to those who want to know.

A self-guided tour of some locations would set your teeth on edge – but not here. Chincoteague Island makes for the perfect walking or biking vacation. With Assateague Island in the mix, you have the perfect blend of wilderness and small town to explore. There are miles of well-maintained, low-impact trails all over both Chincoteague and Assateague. Why, you even can follow a trail all the way out to Assateague Lighthouse!

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2019

October 11th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2019Make the most of your Thanksgiving weekend with a visit to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl Weekend is a rare opportunity to visit the otherwise off-limit refuge during the peak of the fall migration. November 28th through December 1st, 2019.

There are a number of reasons to consider spending Thanksgiving on Chincoteague Island. The first being – it’s Chincoteague Island! From our sandy beaches, to our fun loving community, vibrant wildlife, excellent restaurants, shops, galleries, and more – there’s never a bad time to visit Chincoteague.

That being said, there are better times to visit – and Thanksgiving Weekend is one of them. It’s a bit of an open secret that many consider the “off-season” to be the best time to visit Chincoteague. Though Thanksgiving is a holiday weekend, it still qualifies. Crowds are smaller and, though temps are cooler, we still average a sunny, daily 50 degrees.

The birds certainly know it’s a good time to visit.

Waterfowl Weekend 2019

Assateague Island is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway and home to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Every fall, thousands of waterfowl literally flock here to either rest before continuing on south or to winter over. The island’s pristine beaches, forest, and fresh and saltwater marshes see Brant geese, herons, ducks, egrets, cormorants, swans, and great many others

Waterfowl Weekend isn’t called so because the birds are here. It’s a special event because it’s one of the only times during the year that the public can visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a 14,000-acre wildlife preserve located on the Virginia half of Assateague Island. Portions of the preserve are also found on the Maryland side of the island, as well as Morris Island and Wildcat Marsh. The preserve is operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

During the 4 days of Waterfowl Weekend, visitors will enjoy the opportunity to drive on the refuge’s 7-mile Service Road and Wildlife Loop Trail, from 9am to dusk. The drive is a one-way, 15-mile round trip through the refuge. Bicycles are allowed but only for limited part of the loop. Visitors may also hike the Wildlife Loop Trail and can expect to see a wide variety of migratory waterfowl. Binoculars and cameras are recommended.

Learn more at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge website.

Holly Day Market & Wildlife Art Gallery

Holly Day Market 2019Waterfowl Weekend at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge isn’t the only thing going on here during Thanksgiving Weekend. We’ll also be seeing our final Chincoteague Farmers Market of the Season as well as the Holly Day Market!

The annual Holly Day Market, November 30th – 9am to 3pm, will see more than 90 different vendors. Hand carved decoys, fine wildlife art, jewelry, antiques, and holiday decor. It’s a great opportunity to do some early-ish holiday shopping done.

The final Farmers Market of the season will feature fresh produce, baked goods, meats, eggs, cheeses, and more. The event also includes a food court for your grumbling tummmy and live music for your happy feet.

Visit the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance website for more information.

Thanksgiving Lodging Special

Chincoteague Thanksgiving Lodging Special 2019Island Manor House would like to welcome you into our home for the holidays!

Our Chincoteague Thanksgiving Lodging Special includes a bottle of wine and a cheese tray in your room upon arrival. You’ll also be treated to an unlimited Thanksgiving meal at Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks. Best of all, the restaurant is only a 3 minute walk from our Chincoteague inn!

Other perks for your Thanksgiving stay at Island Manor House include daily gourmet breakfasts, snacks, and beverages, plus access to bicycles and other gear for visiting Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

3 Night Thanksgiving Lodging Special Pricing

  • King room $695 + tax/couple
  • Queen room $650 + tax/couple
  • Hummingbird $525 + tax/couple
  • The Royal Suite $895 + tax/couple

Learn more on our Thanksgiving Special page. Be sure to check out our other Chincoteague lodging specials as well. Our sister inn, Miss Molly’s Inn, is offering a similar holiday lodging special.

Save Your Appetite for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019

September 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019Come out to Chincoteague Island this October for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019! Oysters on the half shell, steamed, frittered, single fried, and more. October 12th, 10am to 4pm in Tom’s Cove Park.

Looking for a great way to kick off your autumn? Make a break for Virginia’s eastern shore and the 47th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival!

Chincoteague Island is always a great place for getting away from it all and rejuvenating for a few days. That’s especially true with fresh seafood and one of the island’s popular annual festivals in the mix!

Although it’s no longer true that you should only eat oysters in the months containing an ‘R’ (September through April), it IS still generally true that oysters are better in autumn and winter. This is especially true in September and October, when they tend to be more plump and sweet.

Harvesting the bounty of the waters around Chincoteague played a major role in the island’s history, and oysters were a big part of that. The oyster beds around Chincoteague and Assateague produce a unique and prized variety of oyster known as “Chincoteague Salts” that took our name to banquets around the globe.

Chincoteague Oyster Festival celebrates both the island’s oyster fishing history and the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun!

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019

August 12th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chili Chowder Cook Off 2019An end of summer favorite, the annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show is coming right up! September 28th, 2019, 10am to 5pm at the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off is so much fun you don’t even have to like chili OR chowder to enjoy yourself (but it wouldn’t hurt). The event draws amateur and professional chefs to Chincoteague from all around the region, every year. Each comes ready to compete with their best chili and/or chowder recipes.

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World’s Largest Golf Outing and a Chincoteague Crab Feast

July 5th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Worlds Largest Golf Outing 2019 You’ve got to love summer. Not only is the weather fabulous, there is just so much to do and see. Virginia’s Eastern shore is no exception, with a couple of exciting events coming right up: The World’s Largest Golf Outing and a Chincoteague Crab Feast and Music Festival!

The nice thing about Chincoteage is that it doesn’t require any special events to be worth visiting. The island’s own, natural beauty and wildlife seems more than enough for most, year ’round. That being said, when we do throw a party, we know ho to do it right. The upcoming crab feast is a good example.

Chincoteague Crab Feast & Music Festival

Chincoteague Crab Feast and Music Festival 2019August 3rd, 12pm to 9pm
Chincoteague Island KOA – 6742 Maddox Boulevard

Grab your bib and ready your best moves for the Chincoteague Crab Feast & Music Festival!

Your ticket includes steamed crab, fried chicken, and corn on the cob from 1pm to 4pm – or while it lasts! A food truck will pick up the slack with food for purchase from 4pm to 9pm. Beer, soft drinks, and water will also be available.

Along with all the good eats you’ll also be entertained by some of the area’s finest performers: Chase Payne and Front Page News!

Best of all, the feast and fest also includes unbeatably beautiful Chincoteague Island views. Tickets and more information available online.

Chincoteague Crab Feast Schedule
12pm to 4pm – Crab/Chicken/Corn Feast
12pm to 3pm – Chase Payne
3:30pm to 9pm – Front Page News
4pm to 9pm – Food trucks

World’s Largest Golf Outing 2019

Worlds Largest Golf Outing 2019 August 5th, 9am
Captain’s Cove Golf & Yacht Club – 3332 Captains Corridor, Greenbackville, VA 23356

The World’s Largest Golf Outing is a charitable golf event held on one day at over 100 golf courses around the country. Captain’s Cove Golf & Yacht Club, located less than half an hour from Chincoteague in Greenbackville, VA is taking part.

This year’s Outing is an 18 hole, 4-person team scramble format. The registration fee includes a $10 per player donation, 18 holes green fee, and a shared cart. Your ticket also gets you into the after-game crab pick, and prizes following the round. Fun!

This year’s event benefits the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation provides a network of homes for military and veterans’ families to stay at for no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Registration time for this year’s event is is 9am, with a 10am start time for the game. Register your team online before game day. Learn more at the World’s Largest Golf Outing website.

Chincoteague Lodging

Island Manor House would love to be your Chincoteague Island home away home! Our Chincoteague bed and breakfast offers individually decorated guest rooms and a convenient location on Chincoteague’s historic Main Street, just minutes from shops, restaurants, and more. Book your stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast today!

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